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Whether you are brand new to riding or want to take your riding skills to a new level, Mitchell Community College offers motorcycle safety courses that are designed to give hands-on experience in a safe atmosphere.

Beginner classes are offered on an ongoing basis. Advanced rider classes are offered a couple of times a year. If you are ready to teach motorcycle safety, Mitchell Community College offers that class, too, annually!

See course descriptions below the table for additional information, frequently asked questions, and how to register.

Class Information

Course availability is subject to change so check the listing of available courses for the most up-to-date comprehensive listing.

Basic Rider Course (BRC) – $215
The BRC is designed for the student with little or no motorcycle riding experience.   Students who successfully complete this safety and street skills course will be given cards to take to their local DMV office. Upon successful completion of the written examination at the DMV office, students will receive a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license. Motorcycles are provided by the college, however the student is responsible for the protective gear* required to participate in this course. Students should know how to ride a pedal bicycle.

The Basic Rider Course requires completion of the on-line Basic Rider eCourse prior to in person class Basic Rider session. You will need a computer in order to complete it; it cannot be done on your phone.  The access code and instructions will be emailed to you several days before class.  Students must complete the eCourse and print their certificate (or take a picture of the certificate with their phone) to show the instructor on Saturday morning in order to be allowed into the class.    

Advanced Rider Course (ARC) – $100
The ARC is a one-day course that completes a rider’s basic skills and helps with personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness with focuses on the behavioral aspects of riding such as attitude and personal risk assessment, and includes discussions about braking proficiency, cornering techniques and traction management.

Range exercises enhance both basic skills and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is emphasized. The course is beneficial for riders on any type of street motorcycle. Students must have a valid motorcycle learners permit or full endorsement, provide their own two-wheeled single-track motorcycle, protective gear*, and the motorcycle must pass a T-CLOCS inspection.

RiderCoach Preparation Course – $181.25
Have you completed an NCMSEP class in the past and have at least 3 years of safe riding experience? Would you like to become a teacher for beginner motorcyclists?  This class is only offered once each year and is held over 4 weekends: Friday night, 6-10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8 am – 6 pm. Candidates must be present for all sessions.

Candidates are screened by the state regulatory office and need to fill out and submit the application items from the NCMSEP website.  Successful candidates will be given instructions on the registration process for the class. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the beginner class's rules?
Can I attend if I am under 18 years of age?

Mandated NC requirements for riders ages 16-17, require a parent or legal guardian to complete a waiver form. Specific release is required.  Parents or legal guardians must call (704) 878-4266 or (704) 878-4273 prior to registration. 

What do I need to bring?
  • Student MUST provide ALL protective gear, which includes:
    • Helmet and Eye Protection: The helmet must meet DOT standards and can be full face, 3/4 or 1/2 in design. Helmets with obvious defects such as no lining, a cracked shell, or defective chinstrap will not be used. Student must provide own helmet. Sunglasses meet the eye protection requirement.
  • Over-the-Ankle Footwear: Shoes should be predominantly leather in construction and cover the anklebone. High top athletic shoes that meet the above criteria may be worn.
  • Pants: Pant legs should reach the shoe tops and be made preferably of denim or a material of equivalent durability.
  • Long-sleeve Shirt or Jacket: If the student chooses to wear a long-sleeve shirt, a jacket is not required. A shirt with sleeves to the wrist made of a durable material is preferred. The shirt should cover the rider’s shoulders (no shoulder cutouts allowed).
  • Gloves: Gloves should be full-fingered and preferably made of leather. Style and material are the student’s choice.
  • Snacks/Water – Student should bring snacks including water and cooler to keep snacks/water cold.
  • Rain Gear and/or a change of clothes depending on the weather forecast – class stops only for lightening
  • Advanced and RiderCoach courses only: provide your own motorcycle
How do I apply to become a RiderCoach?

Visit: and follow the information provided on that page.

I want to register for a class that is not listed online, what do I do?

Courses are listed by semester offered and open for registration on November 1st (spring semester), April 1st (summer semester), and May 1st (fall semester). You can be placed on a notification list for upcoming classes by sending your name, email, and phone number to

I have more questions, who should I contact?

Please contact our continuing education registration desk and staff will answer your questions or connect you with someone who can.

704-878-3220 / 704-878-3290